Apple’s Mac mini makes using a Mac more affordable and more attractive than ever to Windows users

“One’s first reaction to seeing the Mac mini face to face is: surely you can’t get a whole computer in that? A metal-and-white enclosure the size of a sandwich box – but far more elegant – packs up to 1 gigabyte of memory, fast Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth connectivity, a DVD-burning slot-loading drive and an 80-gigabyte disk. But what makes the Mac mini appealing to any Windows user is not its compact size, but the software that comes with it and the price,” Charles Arthur writes for The Independent.”

“Once you’re plugged in, the fun starts. Along with Apple’s e-mail, calendar, address book, synchronisation and browser programs, the Mac mini comes with a program suite already loaded, called ‘iLife ’05,’ which includes a movie-making program called iMovie HD, a photo organisation package called iPhoto, a DVD-making program called iDVD (you’ll need the DVD-burning drive for this to work), a music-making program called Garageband, and the iTunes program that’s familiar to Windows users who own iPods, for music organisation,” Arthur writes. “There are programs for Windows that perform many of these functions; Roxio’s Creator 7 Suite for Windows runs music organisation, disc-burning, film and photograph editing. But it’s not as elegant or as integrated.”

“The second reason for trying the Mac mini is that you won’t be troubled by spyware and viruses. So far, Apple’s OS X operating system is virtually a malware-free zone. The peace of mind that brings is hard to overestimate, though Apple keeps quiet about this because hackers are expected to break through its security system eventually,” Arthur writes. “One final point: if you decide to switch to a Mac, get a program called Move2Mac (http://www.move2mac.com), which will save you a huge amount of tedious poking and prodding with machine settings to try to get Windows to talk to OS X – something it’s reluctant to do. Given that big threats can come in small packages, perhaps that’s appropriate: the Mac mini certainly makes using a Mac more affordable and more attractive than ever to Windows users.”

Full article here.

23 Comments

  1. Unix has been targeted for how long again? Or Linux? How many servers in the world run Unix? Sheesh, I’m so tired of seeing this reservation. No one understands open source and Unix underpinnings, do they?

  2. “But what makes the Mac mini appealing to any Windows user is not its compact size, but the software that comes with it “

    Looks like someone is noticing…

    PS
    and if it is not MDN this time: “It’s the software, stupid!”.

  3. Michael: crazy, isn’t it?

    People still are thinking as OS X is something new (security by obscurity) and that as crackers will take notice it will be doom time.

    They fail to realize that OS X has such old and solid bases concerning security that there is nothing to fear. Crackers will have to break into a BSDUnix, with all the effort it entails and ridiculous spreading as outcome.

    It is not market share the primary reason to target an OS: it is the ease with which to cause massive spreading. Windows is the undisputed champ at this. The best anti-virus ever (for the other OSes)

  4. Ummm, have there been any BAD reviews of the mini? This is getting a bit tedious – it’s great, it’s small, it’s attractive, it’s cheap, it has no malware, it comes with great software, oh and did I mention that it was small? and attractive? and doesn’t have viruses?

    hehehehe, If the mini gets any more good press it is gonna start to make people wonder if Apple is paying off all the reviewers.

  5. Bought one for the office last night, the last one at CompUSA (they had it locked up in the back). Great packaging. I think my employee who has been whining to get this will be very happy today.
    As for security cocerns, history is full of lessons where by people sat behind their fortifications, secure in their beliefs of safety, only to have their lives turned suddenly upside down (Maginot Line for example). Apple understands this and is vigilant about their security updates. because the malware can come in different places and methods that would undercut the user experience. It’s best to let the record speak for itself, minus any ” bring it on” boasting (where have we heard that?).

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